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Lessons I Learned From Backpacking in Asia for Four Months

It’s been 11 days since I’ve returned home from my four-month backpacking journey in China and Southeast Asia. What a rich, rewarding adventure it was. I learned many lessons while traveling that will be valuable to me not only for future travels, but for life. I hope that the lessons I share below inspire you […]

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Connecting with H’Mong Villagers in Sapa, Vietnam

With its lush green foliage, cascading rice terraces, and beautiful rivers set against the backdrop of mist-shrouded mountains, Sapa is a nature lover’s paradise. Once a French hill station, this picturesque North Vietnam town nestled in the Tonkinese Alps provides a welcome respite from Hanoi’s oppressive heat and hectic pace of life. Sapa is also […]

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Yubeng Village Trek Near Deqin, China

After feeling disappointed by the town of Shangri-la, which was rather underwhelming, I was really keen on going further north in the Yunnan province to be closer to the mountains. Since going to Tibet was out of price for my budget, I decided to venture up to Deqin, a town on the border of China […]

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Mount Emei, China

I arrived in Baoguo, a village at the base of Mount Emei in the Sichuan province, in the early afternoon. Soaring at 3,099 metres, Mount Emei is the tallest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. Over 30 temples and monasteries, linked by stone-paved paths, staircases, and bridges, dot the mountain range. My plan […]

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Beautiful Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan China

My nine-hour bus ride from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou was a fitting introduction to the classic long-distance bus journey in China. As the bus tore through the narrow, windy cliff roads, swerving around hairpin corners and braking sharply to dodge sudden oncoming traffic, I held my breath and felt every muscle in my body tie up […]

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Exploring Chengdu, China

My hostel gave me a colorful and user-friendly English map of Chengdu highlighting the main bus routes. After deciding on a couple of places to visit,  I studied the map thoroughly, jotting down some bus numbers on an index card. With a basic image of the map etched in my mind, I hopped on a […]

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Day 1 in Chengdu, China

I arrived in Chengdu, China, on Tuesday afternoon, nearly two days after I left Washington D.C. Soon after I checked into my hostel, I was already out and about, fed by a curiosity to discover what the neighborhood was like. I picked a direction and just walked, observing as I went along. Home appliance stores, […]

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Packing List for 4 Months of Travel

It’s a rite of passage for all travel bloggers to post their packing list on their blog prior to taking off on their extended adventure around the world, so even if I won’t be doing an actual Round the World trip, I thought I’d chime in with my own four-month travel packing list! I spent […]

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The First Post…

Tomorrow is my last day at work. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been planning my escape from the cube for the last seven months. As much as I enjoyed the people I worked with, toiling in front of a computer all day long, day in and day out, for no other reason but to […]

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